Chandler Woodcock has cleared a big hurdle in his bid to become Maine’s next Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Chief.The legislature’s Fisheries and Wildlife committee unanimously approved him on Wednesday.The Farmington resident is a former teacher and ran for governor as a Republican in 2006.During his hearing, Woodcock said his priorities include restoring the thinning deer herd in Northern and Eastern Maine and getting youths interested in hunting and fishing.He now needs approval from the full state senate.
Plans for a new Bangor arena continue to move forward.A city council workshop was scheduled for Wednesday night to discuss amendments to zoning codes.The changes would increase the height limit of buildings and alter parking requirements.Bangor Director of Economic Development Rodney Mckay says the new codes would be in anticipation of arena development.Wednesday’s workshop starts at 5:30p.m.
The Chelsea board of selectmen is scheduled to meet Wednesday night for the first time since the arrest of its leader.52-year-old Carole Swan is accused of trying to get a 10-thousand dollar kickback from a road contractor.Town officials say Wednesday night’s meeting is a chance for residents to ask questions and voice concerns.Swan has been on the selectboard for nineteen years.She’s free on bail.
A Gardiner woman accused of stealing 166 thousand dollars from the Maine Trial Lawyers Association has pleaded not guilty to forgery and theft.Bettysue Higgins appeared in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta Wednesday morning.Prosecutors said she stole the money while working as an administrative assistant for the organization.Higgins is free on personal recognizance.
If you step behind these doors in Chris Beckwith’s home in Winterport you’d think you stepped aboard the Millenium Falcon.His Star Wars collection has become popular among neighbors and students in the technology classroom where he teaches.”There’s always a steady stream of neighbors, kids from down the street who want to see if there’s anything new,” he said.When Chris was seven, he was exposed to Star Wars in first grade when he saw one of his classmates playing with an action figure.”I went over and said can I play with those and he said no you can’t touch them,” Beckwith said.Then on his birthday his mother surprised him with his own.”My mom figured we could buy these twelve what could be the harm in that,” he says.Now with thousands of Star Wars toys it seems Chris has had the last laugh.His collection includes a custom light saber and one of the top five rarest star wars figures ever made, both versions of the Blue Snaggletooth.
Students in Maine could be getting out of school a little later.On Wednesday, lawmakers considered a proposal that would extend the school year by five days.Right now, schools are required to be in session for a minimum of one-hundred eighty days.The bill would mandate two more days of classroom instruction with students, and three more professional development days for teachers.The extension would cost an estimated thirty million dollars.A representative of the Department of Education, Lora Downing, said they are neither for or against the proposal, but want to know how it will be paid for.
The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the DeepC Wind consortium released the Maine Offshore Wind Report Wednesday.UMaine Professor Habib Dagher is leading statewide efforts to develop the technology and infrastructure that would allow Maine to capitalize on deepwater offshore wind as an energy resource.He says Maine’s coast has the best wind resource offshore on the east coast of the US.Dagher says the report is for investors interested in getting involved with their project.They have mapped out a long-term plan over a span of 20 years.
A staffing report published on Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Web site says for the last five months of last year most floors at the hospital were staffed above the national average.But that figure is being disputed by the union for many of the hospital’s nurses.The Maine State Nurses Association says the information is incomplete, misleading and uses outdated information in an attempt to misguide the public.Hospital officials say that’s just not true.”What’s actually happening at EMMC, we are shot.
A teenager from Knox has been charged in connection with the shooting death of his friend.According to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, 19-year-old Luke Bryant is charged with manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Tyler Seaney of Glenburn.The State Medical Examiner’s Office confirms Seaney died of a gunshot wound to the neck.Authorities say Bryant was holding a shotgun that went off inside his apartment on Dolloff Road in Knox Saturday night.The blast struck and killed Seaney.Bryant is at the Waldo County Jail and is expected to be in court later this week.
The shooting death of a Bangor teen has been classified as a homicide.The State Medical Examiner’s Office confirms 19-year-old Tyler Seaney died of a gunshot wound to the neck.Authorities say Seaney was shot Saturday night while visiting a friend on the Dolloff Road in Knox.They say the gun apparently discharged while in the hands of a friend and Seaney died moments later.No one has been charged at this time, and the name of the friend is not being released as detectives continue to investigate.
Vandals have caused about two thousand dollars worth of damage at a school in Hartland.The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department says the incident happened early Tuesday morning at the Hartland Consolidated School on Elm Street.When firefighers arrived on scene they found spray paint on the walls and discharged fire estinguishers.They say a total of twenty classrooms had been vandalized.A Somerset County K-9 dog was able to track down a juvenile who had evidence relating to this case.Four males under the age of 18 have been charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief.